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Since: Apr 08

Texarkana, Tex/Ark

#1 Jun 19, 2010
Agency to look into TC allegations
Rasco says he welcomes visit
By: Marie Martin - Texarkana Gazette - Published: 06/19/2010
The agency overseeing Texarkana College’s accreditation is coming to town in September for a full investigation following complaints of board interference in daily administrative and staff operations.

College president Dr. Alan Rasco says he asked for the special visit, but it also comes after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools received grievances from former administrators and staff.

The complaints name college board members Molly Beth Malcolm, David Potter and Dr. C. Jack Smith.

The authors of the grievances allege Malcolm interferes with adm...
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The Cat

United States

#2 Jun 19, 2010
Texakana Gazette 6/10/10

The complaints name college board members Molly Beth Malcolm, David Potter and Dr. C. Jack Smith.

The authors of the grievances allege Malcolm interferes with administration; Potter meddles with buildings and grounds operations; and former board president Smith has threatened to shutter an academic program.

A letter telling of the SACS visit dated June 1 arrived June 9 at the college president’s office. Rasco said he wrote a letter May 28 requesting a site visit.

Former Board Member Frank McClain filed the first complaint to SACS eight months ago.

“I welcome the visit,” Rasco said, adding he could not say if he agrees with the complaints.

He said he hasn’t changed his mind about the complaints since the initial contact with SACS. In an earlier interview, he said Malcolm did not interfere with school policy and procedures.

Rasco and Board President Randy Moore said if changes in policy are needed, they will make the changes.

“We follow policies and procedures ... I am not one bit concerned about it,” Moore said of the visit.

Additional complaints sent to SACS supporting McClain’s initial allegations have been filed by former deans David Mueller, Steve Middlebrooks, James Powell, former college president Frank Coleman, former faculty member Jean Cotten and Barry Murdock, former director of facilities services.

Mueller, Middlebrooks and Murdock were told May 26 their contracts would not be renewed. Powell and Cotten recently retired. Coleman’s contract was not renewed on Aug 5, 2008, after a 5-4 vote by the board.

The group said the complaints are “not sour grapes” but a show of concern for the future of the college.

Mueller, the former SACS representative at Texarkana College, was shocked to hear about Rasco’s request for a site visit.

“It’s a good strategy because he is part of the problem,” Mueller said Friday.

The June 1 letter signed by SACS President Belle Wheelan states the reason for the visit.

“The committee is being authorized based upon complaints, a number of unsolicited observations, as well as news articles citing instances where members of the Texarkana Board of Trustees appear to bridge the areas of administrative responsibility at the institution.”

The letter lists four SACS policies that will be reviewed: the board’s being governed by a minority of board members, the distinction between board and administration, the organizational structure and qualified administrative and/or academic officers.

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The Cat

United States

#3 Jun 19, 2010
Dr. Tom Benberg, SACS chief of staff, said the special committee’s findings eventually will become public information.

Malcolm said she knew about Rasco’s request for the visit. She later faxed a statement.

“Dr. Rasco is the president of the College. I totally agree with his decision to ask SACS to visit Texarkana College and hope as a result of the SACS visit that the malicious rumors and accusations will cease.”

In an earlier statement, she called the complaints personal attacks.

McClain’s complaint alleges Malcolm repeatedly crossed the line between the role of a board member and the role of an administrator.

“The way she operated was she’d go on campus and try to find the ‘sore heads.’ And with 200 people you’re bound to find a couple ‘sore heads’ and she’d try to open the wounds and that was her initial modus operandi,” McClain said Wednesday.

Mueller said Malcolm’s activities were getting so bad he told then-president Coleman he couldn’t do his job as the SACS representative and overlook her interference. He asked for a meeting with Smith, then the board president, and was surprised by his response.

“He (Smith) said,‘By the way I want you to quit demonizing Molly Beth Malcolm. You also need to call Jean Cotten and tell her and her minions to quit bothering the board members about why Frank Coleman was fired.’ He said,‘We could lose journalism if we have to.’”

In Cotten’s complaint, it’s alleged that months after Malcolm’s swearing-in in 2006, she asked Cotten to have the TC News staff do more investigative reporting on the administration.

After Coleman was fired, Cotten alleges that Smith threatened to discontinue the journalism program if journalism students continued to ask board members questions about Coleman’s removal.

Smith said he never threatened to get rid of the journalism program, but he did request the students stop asking questions.

“I said we just may, that’s not a threat,” Smith said, adding his intent was to get the group moving forward after Coleman was removed.“I said,‘Let’s all get together and move on together to welcome the new president. Let’s bury the hatchet and move ahead.’”

Smith said TC News should support the school. He said it was not appropriate for the journalism students to “attack us individually,” and that he did speak to Cotten and Mueller.

Mueller said after Rasco became president, Malcolm would make daily visits to the president’s office.

Mueller said throughout his employ, he asked four board presidents—Borden Bell, Smith, Mike Craven and Randy Moore—to stop Malcolm’s interference with the college’s daily operations.

Murdock’s complaint alleges Malcolm and Potter interfered in daily operations by showing staff where to put plants and how to write grants. The complaint alleges Malcolm and Potter would oversee HVAC maintenance and report when restrooms are without paper towels.

Potter, who said he welcomes the visit, said Murdock’s allegations are untrue.

“I have not been on the college campus interfering in day-to-day operations,” Potter said.

Powell oversaw the culinary arts and cosmetology programs.

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The Cat

United States

#4 Jun 19, 2010
“These programs received board support that is excessive and capricious,” Powell wrote to SACS.

He alleges Malcolm picked out the interior colors and furniture for the new cosmetology building and that she questioned why she was not included in cosmetology advisory meetings.

In his complaint, Middlebrooks alleges that his subordinates would say they had talked to Malcolm as a way of marginalizing his authority. He said in one case of a police officer fraternizing with a female on campus, Middlebrooks’ attempt to stop the behavior resulted in the officer’s supervisor saying the officer had the support of the board to keep his job and continue what Middlebrooks saw as an inappropriate relationship.

Coleman said in his 33 years of being at the college, he’s never witnessed board interference like he did in his last three years.

“The problem begs for a thorough review. All any of us who are offended by the actions of a few board members want is to preserve the future of an outstanding, 83-year-old institution,” he wrote to SACS.

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The Cat

United States

#5 Jun 19, 2010
Opps, what I left out ...

The letter lists four SACS policies that will be reviewed: the board’s being governed by a minority of board members, the distinction between board and administration, the organizational structure and qualified administrative and/or academic officers.

Dr. Tom Benberg, SACS chief of staff, said the special committee’s findings eventually will become public information.

Malcolm said she knew about Rasco’s request for the visit. She later faxed a statement.

“Dr. Rasco is the president of the College. I totally agree with his decision to ask SACS to visit Texarkana College and hope as a result of the SACS visit that the malicious rumors and accusations will cease.”

In an earlier statement, she called the complaints personal attacks.

McClain’s complaint alleges Malcolm repeatedly crossed the line between the role of a board member and the role of an administrator.

“The way she operated was she’d go on campus and try to find the ‘sore heads.’ And with 200 people you’re bound to find a couple ‘sore heads’ and she’d try to open the wounds and that was her initial modus operandi,” McClain said Wednesday.

Mueller said Malcolm’s activities were getting so bad he told then-president Coleman he couldn’t do his job as the SACS representative and overlook her interference. He asked for a meeting with Smith, then the board president, and was surprised by his response.

“He (Smith) said,‘By the way I want you to quit demonizing Molly Beth Malcolm. You also need to call Jean Cotten and tell her and her minions to quit bothering the board members about why Frank Coleman was fired.’ He said,‘We could lose journalism if we have to.’”

In Cotten’s complaint, it’s alleged that months after Malcolm’s swearing-in in 2006, she asked Cotten to have the TC News staff do more investigative reporting on the administration.

After Coleman was fired, Cotten alleges that Smith threatened to discontinue the journalism program if journalism students continued to ask board members questions about Coleman’s removal.

Smith said he never threatened to get rid of the journalism program, but he did request the students stop asking questions.

“I said we just may, that’s not a threat,” Smith said, adding his intent was to get the group moving forward after Coleman was removed.“I said,‘Let’s all get together and move on together to welcome the new president. Let’s bury the hatchet and move ahead.’”

Smith said TC News should support the school. He said it was not appropriate for the journalism students to “attack us individually,” and that he did speak to Cotten and Mueller.

Mueller said after Rasco became president, Malcolm would make daily visits to the president’s office.

Mueller said throughout his employ, he asked four board presidents—Borden Bell, Smith, Mike Craven and Randy Moore—to stop Malcolm’s interference with the college’s daily operations.

Murdock’s complaint alleges Malcolm and Potter interfered in daily operations by showing staff where to put plants and how to write grants. The complaint alleges Malcolm and Potter would oversee HVAC maintenance and report when restrooms are without paper towels.

Potter, who said he welcomes the visit, said Murdock’s allegations are untrue.

“I have not been on the college campus interfering in day-to-day operations,” Potter said.

Powell oversaw the culinary arts and cosmetology programs.

“These programs received board support that is excessive and capricious,” Powell wrote to SACS.

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Maybe I've got it all now.
The Cat

United States

#6 Jun 19, 2010
Oh, hells bells, maybe I had it right in the first place ... ignore that last post.
the count

Ephrata, PA

#7 Jun 19, 2010
When A Cat Notices The Smell....You Know They Need More Litter To Cover It Up.
The Cat

United States

#8 Jun 19, 2010
Molly Beth has caused quite a Stink, that's for sure.

Since: Apr 08

Texarkana, Tex/Ark

#9 Jun 19, 2010
Thanks, Cat. You helped TOPIX folks know the rest of the story.
blah blah blah

Boise, ID

#10 Jun 19, 2010
The people listed in this article are clearly those that are not getting there way. Boo who.

Marie Martin needs to come up with some better stories. I am tired of hearing about the same stuff. Where is the story about the old A&M buildings?
Wounded

AOL

#11 Jun 20, 2010
blah blah blah wrote:
The people listed in this article are clearly those that are not getting there way. Boo who.
Marie Martin needs to come up with some better stories. I am tired of hearing about the same stuff. Where is the story about the old A&M buildings?
"Where is the story about the old A&M buildings?"

Stop! Can't you research it on your own? blah, blah, blah!
blah blah blah

Boise, ID

#12 Jun 20, 2010
Wounded, I would love to discuss this with you.
However, the discussion wouldn't be productive. You are just a hater.
nameless like you

Taylor, AR

#13 Jun 20, 2010
Let's start asking the questions that really matter:
Why is A&M asking TC to pay for buildings and land that TC gave them in the first place?
How did TC get in the state that it's in today? Could it have nothing to do with the administrators that were there for the past 30-40 years?
Why doesn't the Gazette ever report on anything positive going on at TC?
the count

Morgan, TX

#14 Jun 20, 2010
Handshake And A dollar...Now They Want 17 million.
blah blah blah

Boise, ID

#15 Jun 20, 2010
nameless like you wrote:
Let's start asking the questions that really matter:
Why is A&M asking TC to pay for buildings and land that TC gave them in the first place?
How did TC get in the state that it's in today? Could it have nothing to do with the administrators that were there for the past 30-40 years?
Why doesn't the Gazette ever report on anything positive going on at TC?
Thank you.
The previous admins and the board at that time has got TC in trouble.
blah blah blah

Boise, ID

#16 Jun 20, 2010
I am guessing a story involing Molly Beth sales more newspapers.
TC lovers need to put there differences aside and join the battle against A&M and other colleges.

Since: Apr 08

Texarkana, Tex/Ark

#17 Jun 20, 2010
blah blah blah wrote:
I am guessing a story involing Molly Beth sales more newspapers.
TC lovers need to put there differences aside and join the battle against A&M and other colleges.
TC lovers are battling those set in place at TC to do A&M's dirty work. Who do you think Malcolm is working for? In time, this current group at TC will limit academics making more freshman and sophomores go to A&M. Leaving TC with vocational training only. Wake up Texarkana. Do you think they are going to broadcast their intentions, read the signs!
And look at the connections.
Julie-Ray Harrison married to John Harrison is a relative of Josh and Martha Morriss. The Morriss' want A&M to work.
Molly Beth Malcolm on the Women of A&M University led the charge
to get rid of the old (and knowledgeable) and put in the new (and clueless) at Texarkana College.
Topix bloggers can help with the others: Jennell Ingram, Terry Taylor, Tom Coleman, Randy Moore, Jack Smith, Andy Curry, and David Potter.
The Cat

United States

#18 Jun 20, 2010
I want A&M to work, too.

Since: Apr 08

Texarkana, Tex/Ark

#19 Jun 20, 2010
The Cat wrote:
I want A&M to work, too.
On its own merits or by destroying TC?
TexArk

Clyde, TX

#20 Jun 20, 2010
blah blah blah wrote:
I am guessing a story involing Molly Beth sales more newspapers.
TC lovers need to put there differences aside and join the battle against A&M and other colleges.
You're right blah she one of the most disliked figures in town.

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